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Protected Area Management and Planning (ENV246)

Organisational Unit Environmental and Conservation Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Will develop an understanding of the planning and management of protected areas, including issues of definition, representativeness, governance, and effectiveness. Relationship between protected areas, surrounding communities and landscapes/seascapes will be explored. Issues relating to conservation of biodiversity whilst simultaneously ensuring management of visitors are also considered. Although there is emphasis on Australian and Western Australian case studies and workplace simulations regarding the management of protected areas, experience of the teaching team and learning resources bring an international focus.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit, you should be able to:
1. Explain the concept and purpose of marine and terrestrial protected areas.
2. Understand the complex relationship between protected areas, their governance, management, and the surrounding communities/landscapes.
3. Acknowledge the importance in conserving Australia's natural heritage.
4. Describe the threats to protected areas.
5. Understand how to plan and manage protected areas.
6. Discuss the need for an interdisciplinary perspective for managing protected areas.
Timetabled Learning Activities One introductory workshop, 6 x 3 hour content workshops, 1 x GIS vocational skills laboratory, and a field trip to a Private Reserve that is conserving and translocating threatened and endangered Western Australia wildlife. Compulsory 5 day on-campus intensive workshop period for External students (week 6).
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit incorporates timetabled semi-structured learning workshops and a field trip. Communication and discussion with and amongst the students will be facilitated through the online learning system LMS, which is an integral component for this unit. Online resources include:
Downloadable (Free) ICUN Text Book. Announcements from Unit Coordinators Moderated LMS Discussion Boards. Additional readings and links to up to date materials.
Other Learning Experiences Production of a consultancy report as a real world simulation that develops vocational knowledge and skills.
Assessment Item 1: Report 40% Item 2: Oral presentation 10% Item 3: Examination 50%
Prerequisites Nil.
Notes Responding to student feedback, from 2019 ENV246 will include a compulsory one-week on-campus intense learning experience for external students and authorised internal students. This on campus intensive will provide external students the opportunity to: (1.) Experience and participate in consultative and interactive exchange of information that underpins modern PAM. (2.) Establish work groups and plan for their workplace simulation consultancy project, which is the basis of the major report for ENV246. (3.) Participate in the GIS laboratory session and field trip, which have previously only been available in the Internal mode
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Environmental Management and Sustainability (BSc) [New in 2014]
Appears in these Minors Ecosystem Management
Environmental Issues
Nature Based Tourism
Resource Management
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Associate Professor David Newsome
Associate Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2614
e: D.Newsome@murdoch.edu.au
o: 335.3.044C - Building 335, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Associate Professor David Newsome
Associate Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2614
e: D.Newsome@murdoch.edu.au
o: 335.3.044C - Building 335, Murdoch Campus
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